The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) has announced a £3 million investment to support more young people accessing and doing their DofE. The new investment is made possible thanks to £40 million of seed funding from government and the National Lottery to create the #iwill fund.
The DofE is acting as a match funder and is awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill fund. The #iwill fund supports the aims of the UK-wide #iwill campaign to increase the number of people taking part in social action. This includes activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable young people to make a positive difference to their communities. The DofE will work with established DofE centres in schools, clubs and other organisations across the UK to ensure the funding supports more disadvantaged young people in their DofE journey over the next four years and longer term. The funding will cover activities such as training for new organisations to run the DofE, equipment and transport for local groups, training for DofE Leaders and gifted participation places. The £3 million partnership is made up of £1.5 million that was raised by over 15,000 supporters in the DofE’s Diamond Anniversary year (2016), £1 million from the #iwill fund for England, and additional DofE donations to double Diamond Anniversary fundraising in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.